Country Comparison > Children under the age of 5 years underweight

RankCountryChildren under the age of 5 years underweight (%)
1East Timor45.3
2India43.5
3Yemen43.1
4Niger39.9
5Madagascar36.8
6Bangladesh36.8
7Eritrea34.5
8Chad33.9
9Afghanistan32.9
10Somalia32.8
11South Sudan32.5
12Sudan31.7
13Laos31.6
14Pakistan30.9
15Djibouti29.8
16Cote d'Ivoire29.4
17Ethiopia29.2
18Burundi29.1
19Nepal29.1
20Cambodia29
21Congo, Democratic Republic of the28.2
22Central African Republic28
23Mali27.9
24Burkina Faso26.2
25Comoros25
26Nigeria24.4
27Burma22.6
28Sri Lanka21.6
29Liberia20.4
30Benin20.2
31Philippines20.2
32Mauritania19.5
33Haiti18.9
34Korea, North18.8
35Indonesia18.6
36Sierra Leone18.6
37Papua New Guinea18.1
38Maldives17.8
39Namibia17.5
40Guinea-Bissau16.6
41Togo16.5
42Kenya16.4
43Guinea16.3
44Tanzania16.2
45Gambia, The15.8
46Angola15.6
47Mozambique15.6
48Cameroon15.1
49Tajikistan15
50Zambia14.9
51Sao Tome and Principe14.4
52Senegal14.4
53Ghana14.3
54Uganda14.1
55Malawi13.8
56Lesotho13.5
57Guatemala13
58Malaysia12.9
59Bhutan12.8
60Vietnam12
61Congo, Republic of the11.8
62Vanuatu11.7
63Rwanda11.7
64Solomon Islands11.5
65Botswana11.2
66Guyana11.1
67Equatorial Guinea10.6
68Turkmenistan10.5
69Zimbabwe10.1
70Syria10.1
71South Africa8.7
72Oman8.6
73Honduras8.6
74Azerbaijan8.4
75Iraq7.1
76Thailand7
77Egypt6.8
78El Salvador6.6
79Gabon6.5
80Albania6.3
81Belize6.2
82Ecuador6.2
83Swaziland5.8
84Suriname5.8
85Nicaragua5.7
86Libya5.6
87Fiji5.3
88Armenia5.3
89Saudi Arabia5.3
90Mongolia5.3
91Nauru4.8
92Iran4.6
93Bolivia4.5
94Peru4.5
95Uruguay4.5
96Uzbekistan4.4
97Trinidad and Tobago4.4
98Lebanon4.2
99Panama3.9
100Kazakhstan3.7
101Algeria3.7
102Romania3.5
103Turkey3.5
104Paraguay3.4
105Cuba3.4
106Dominica3.4
107Dominican Republic3.4
108Colombia3.4
109China3.4
110Singapore3.3
111Tunisia3.3
112Moldova3.2
113Jamaica3.2
114Morocco3.1
115Venezuela2.9
116Mexico2.8
117Kyrgyzstan2.7
118Argentina2.3
119Brazil2.2
120Kuwait2.2
121Montenegro2.2
122West Bank2.2
123Czech Republic2
124Jordan1.9
125Macedonia1.8
126Serbia1.6
127Tuvalu1.6
128Bulgaria1.6
129Bosnia and Herzegovina1.5
130Belarus1.3
131United States1.3
132Costa Rica1.1
133Georgia1.1
134Germany1.1
135Ukraine0.9
136Chile0.5
137Australia0.2

Definition: This entry gives the percent of children under five considered to be underweight. Underweight means weight-for-age is approximately 2 kg below for standard at age one, 3 kg below standard for ages two and three, and 4 kg below standard for ages four and five. This statistic is an indicator of the nutritional status of a community. Children who suffer from growth retardation as a result of poor diets and/or recurrent infections tend to have a greater risk of suffering illness and death.

Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2014

See also: Children under the age of 5 years underweight map

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